Neil Thomson

Museum History: The impact of the internet

Discover why the internet has changed how scientists work.

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Neil Thomson

The development of the internet has changed and shaped the way in which the Museum's scientists communicate. For Neil, whose work has spanned across the Museum's Library, Archive and IT Department, these changes are considered essential in their enabling of greater collaboration and sharing of ideas with scientific institutions worldwide. He describes how technology development has simplified the collections management process, as catalogues moved from the cumbersome paper form to its digital equivalent.

Neil also considers how the Museum's work ethic has evolved around the development of information technology and speaks energetically about his own experiences of working behind-the-scenes at the Museum, though it remains very much a 'warren of a place' as it was when Neil first started work!